NORTHFIELD, Vt. — As a residential campus with a global reach, Norwich University is closely monitoring the worldwide spread of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) and its potential impact in Northfield and in locations where our students are studying away and abroad. Because of concerns over the spread of the virus, Norwich University is canceling or rescheduling many campus-based and university-sponsored events as well as all athletics contests. Norwich is also moving to teach the remainder of all classes online. For more information on that, please go here:

Regarding athletics:

On March 12, the NCAA Board of Governors canceled all remaining winter and spring NCAA championships. This decision is based on the evolving COVID-19 public health threat, their ability to ensure the events do not contribute to spread of the pandemic, and the impracticality of hosting such events at any time during this academic year given educational institutions’ decisions to shift to remote instruction. In keeping with the NCAA decision, and a similar decision by the Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) conference, Norwich is suspending all winter and spring athletic activities, including practices and home and away games.

Group gatherings on campus will be limited to facilitate the social distancing recommended to slow the spread of COVID-19. 

Visiting campus:

University services and facilities including the Wise Campus Center mess hall; Kreitzberg Library; Sullivan Museum and History Center; Uniform Store; Plumley Armory; Kreitzberg Arena and Shapiro Fieldhouse will be available only to the Norwich community. These facilities will not be available to the general public until further notice. While on campus, please follow CDC guidelines to ensure your safety and that of our community.

With respect to Commencement and Commissioning and its importance to our students and their families, we will continue to monitor the situation, prioritizing the health and welfare of the entire Norwich community and our central Vermont neighbors. A decision on graduation ceremonies will be made no later than April 15, and we will continue to work with the ROTC departments on commissioning.

Updates as of March 13, 2020:

  • March 14 NU Club of Seattle/Tacoma St. Patrick’s Day Social – canceled
  • March 14 NU Club of Brevard County Annual Golf Outing – canceled
  • March 17-18 Grad Finale – canceled
  • March 18 Employee recognition – will be rescheduled, date TBD
  • March 19 Spring Education Conference – will be rescheduled, date TBD
  • March 20 Junior Open House – canceled
  • March 23 Shelter in Place campus drill – rescheduled, date TBD
  • March 23 Writers Series welcomes author Abdi Nor Iftin – canceled, reschedule TBD
  • March 25 Spring Career Fair – canceled
  • March 28 Vermont State STEM Fair – canceled

For the most up-to-date information on cancellations and official notifications about how the university is responding to the current situation, please visit

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About Norwich University:

Norwich University is a diversified academic institution that educates traditional-age students and adults in a Corps of Cadets and as civilians. Norwich offers a broad selection of traditional and distance-learning programs culminating in Baccalaureate and Graduate Degrees. Norwich University was founded in 1819 by Capt. Alden Partridge of the U.S. Army and is the oldest private military college in the United States of America. Norwich is one of our nation's six senior military colleges and the birthplace of the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC). 

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